Merger of Two AIADMK Factions on Cards in Tamil Nadu

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While this is a significant step in healing the rift with the breakaway faction led by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS), senior leaders in the breakaway faction described the resolution as a half measure.

The resolution signed by the office-bearers said, "Dhinakaran was expelled by Jayalalithaa in December 2011 from the primary membership of the party".

The meeting of ministers and top leaders on Thursday were convened to work out the modalities before finalising the pact in New Delhi.

Ever since the saddening demise of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, the factions of the party have been engaging in a power struggle, which is expected to come to a swift end in the anticipation of merger.

Jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikalas brother Divakaran today lent his support to T T V Dhinakaran and asserted that party cadres were behind Chinamma. While its mission has already been accomplished in Bihar, things could soon get a push in Tamil Nadu where the virtually leaderless AIADMK (just opposite to the ego tussle of two heavyweight leaders in Bihar) has little option other than accepting Modi's supremacy to stay relevant. Though BJP has said it has nothing to do with AIADMK, sources said a senior Sangh ideologue and economist and a Union minister were looking at ways of ending the factional feud in the party.

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Sasikala Natarajan is the long term political aide of Jayalalithaa and member of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). "It is only based on the letter I sent as DGS that the EC allotted the symbol for the party", Dinakaran said.

The factions have been facing pressure to merge from the ruling BJP in New Delhi.

The merger will finally be announced publically by the Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswamy after his meeting with O Panneerselvam. Former minister KP Munusamy said two central demands of the faction are yet to be met.

The two leaders will be in the national capital on Thursday to attend M Venkaiah Naidu's swearing-in ceremony as the Vice President. Without naming anyone, he said action would be taken against those who had forgotten about who had appointed them to their current positions in the government and those who had joined hands with rivals to continue on their posts.

Panneerselvam, who claims Jayalalithaa (Amma) told him to take over as CM when she was in hospital, said her spirit later told him that he should come out and tell the truth to the people of Tamil Nadu.

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